First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

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About the Job

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.

It is also Called

  • Athletic Fields Superintendent
  • Buildings and Grounds Supervisor
  • Cemetery Workers Supervisor
  • Custodial Supervisor
  • Facility Maintenance Manager
  • Field Manager
  • Gardening Manager
  • Gardening Supervisor
  • Garden Supervisor
  • Golf Course Manager

What They Do

  • Design or supervise the installation of sprinkler systems, calculating water pressure, or valve and pipe coverage needs.
  • Tour grounds, such as parks, botanical gardens, cemeteries, or golf courses, to inspect conditions of plants and soil.
  • Prepare service estimates based on labor, material, and machine costs and maintain budgets for individual projects.
  • Answer inquiries from current or prospective customers regarding methods, materials, or price ranges.
  • Negotiate with customers regarding fees for landscaping, lawn service, or groundskeeping work.
  • Confer with managers or landscape architects to develop plans or schedules for landscaping maintenance or improvement.
  • Recommend changes in working conditions or equipment use to increase crew efficiency.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as authorizing leaves or processing time sheets.
  • Install or maintain landscaped areas, performing tasks such as removing snow, pouring cement curbs, or repairing sidewalks.
  • Direct or assist workers engaged in the maintenance or repair of equipment, such as power tools or motorized equipment.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ERC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $45,560 with most people making between $26,690 and $70,350

Outlook

1.49%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 202,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 233,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 3,000 openings due to growth and about 57,000 replacement openings for approximately 60,000 total annual openings.